Dragon Challenge reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Dragon Challenge, a roller coaster in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 54 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
Islands of Adventure's Dueling Dragons was rethemed to the Tri-Wizard Tournament's Dragon Challenge for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Like on Dueling Dragons, there are two interlocking coasters, renamed the Chinese Fireball and the Hungarian Horntail.
You can read more about the new section of the park on our Wizarding World of Harry Potter page.
It's a nice ride. Rip rocket is better (when it is working) but the ride is one of my favorites. On my recent trip to IOA the cast members (is that what they are caled at universal?) freaked out because I was wearing a lanyard with my universal express pass. I had worn the same lanyard before on that ride, but they delayed the train and told me to put it under my shirt. Any way it is a must ride. Ride it when HPFG has a 3 hour line. 9/10 - Jaiden Cohen
While I think the new theming is an ok improvement, the dueling aspect is now gone. That is the novelty of this attraction. That's the point. - Anthony Murphy
It's sad to see the dueling aspect disappear but it still stands as a fun steel coaster. - Jeff Moon
Dueling Dragons was one of my favorite theme park experiences all around - theme, queue, it was spectacular. I agree with another review, the ride is now a shell of its former self. The fact that the coasters no longer duel pretty much sucks the life out of it. They are still good coasters individually, but the twin vertical loops used to be the most thrilling thing about the ride. Now, I guess it's the airtime on the Fire coaster.. or the "Chinese Fireball." The new queue is little more than vaguely interesting. And those fantastic statues are gone. I wouldn't have expected IoA to ruin one of its best attractions like this. Really disappointing. - Renee Michelle
Used to be my favorite roller coaster until Harry Potter. The line is less spectacular and the coasters don't duel anymore :( I sure do miss those dragons also. 8/10 - Bryce McGibeny
Harry Potter seemed to ruin everything, at least for this coaster. Dueling Dragons used to make my top 10 easy. Now "Dragon Challenge" is a shell of it's past self. It has been stripped down to it's bare bones. It used to be one of my favorites but now without the duel it's like they're 2 b&m inverts built strangely close together. What's next? No launch for the Hulk? - Bradley Keith
its un coaster definently worth a two hour wait but i wish the dragons would duel again:((( still great though! if u like that feeling in ur stomach pick red if u like getting of and requesting dramamine then pick blue! - ed shaheen
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